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Madras Rod and Gun Club members host old-fashioned Fish Fry event 100 years ago

PIONEER ARCHIVES
 - June 3, 1971: Progress continues on the Community Church project in Antelope.

100 YEARS AGO

June 2, 1921

The greatest of western old-fashioned picnics, the Fish Fry of the Madras Rod and Gun Club, occurred last Sunday. Two windy days preceding the event left an impression that bad weather would prevail, and some little anxiety was felt that the success of the event would be curtailed. But Sunday morning, a little cool, with overhanging clouds, developed into a pleasant day as those which have made all of Central Oregon famous. By eleven o'clock the sun was shining brightly, and the canyon was warm and comfortable.

Fishermen of the county, who had been out for two days before, were all in early in the morning and had secured over fifteen hundred trout. It was evident that the fish this year were larger and probably in better condition than they have been for several years. It was a good thing that there were lots of fish and that they were large. By an hour before noon there was more than a hundred autos, twenty rigs and many saddle horses on the ground. At 11:30, chief cook Howard W. Turner announced that fish would be ready in half an hour. Immediately grabbing pans and dishes the crowd lined up in approved army style, where, as fast as the fish were fried, chief fisherman and first assistant cook, "Dinty" Culp dished them out. No person went away dissatisfied. All were supplied with as many trout as they craved.

Perry Read, ably assisted by W.E. Johnson and several others presided at the coffee pots and served famous chili. Perry was on the job early and had his famous brand of Java ready in large quantities. Between nine hundred and a thousand were present. The Cole orchard, scene of all Madras Rod and Gun Club's Fish Fry is situated on a small island. The fruit trees were green and gave excellent shade and the lawn was well covered grass. Practically every available portion of the space was covered with picnic parties surrounding their dinners placed upon the ground. The little island was crowded to its capacity and many people took advantage of the shaded spots along the Deschutes above and below the island to spread their lunches. Visitors were all taken care of and many people were attending their first Fish Fry were generous in their praise of the event and the dinners they enjoyed.

After the last person was served various forms of entertainment was indulged in. Several boxing and wrestling matches were staged, principally between local youths and the boys from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Several parties spent the afternoon fishing reporting excellent luck. One crowd, headed by Ray Jackson and "Buck" Lambert went down to the old swimming hole and proceeded to enjoy a good swim.

Many remained until late in the evening, frying fish caught during the afternoon for supper.

75 YEARS AGO

May 30, 1946

While the number of responses, only 12, to the ballot that had been published in the Pioneer, covering various phases of proposed health facilities for Jefferson County, were disappointingly small, as reported at a meeting at the courthouse Monday, of the general committee recently named, the trend of those responses definitely indicated that those who have been pondering the plans for securing a physician and dentist and hospital facilities for the county desire adequate facilities.

The health committee, represented by appointees from various county public, civic, educational, religious and patriotic organizations, will hold another meeting next Monday night, when it is planned to elect a new chairman, to succeed Mrs. Chester Luelling, who has tendered her resignation. Mrs. Luelling declared that her duties at home will make it impossible for her to serve on the committee as intensively as she would like to.

It is proposed also to name a small working committee to meet possibly with Dr. H.M. Erickson, Oregon state health officer and President Gailstorf of the Oregon hospital association in an effort to secure counsel in directing efforts of local folk to best advantage in gaining adequate health facilities.

While few of the representatives at the Monday night meeting reported any definite trend toward methods of gaining health facilities here and how the financing should be approached, a new spirit was given the session when a substantial delegation of the Madras Volunteer Fire Department arrived toward the close of the session. Louis Ebert as spokesman reported that the firemen had discussed the matter and that his group expressed the desire of securing adequate facilities here, with a hospital large enough to care for all patients of Jefferson County.

During the course of the evening, constructive suggestions were given the committee by Drs. Gerald and Martha Vonder Vglut of John Day, who stopped here while en route to Portland to attend medical and health association meetings. They cited that a compressional enactment, providing federal participation in a county fund of $25,000 to be utilized in constructing whatever form of memorial members of veterans' organization may desire. It was expected that this matter would be taken up with local posts of veteran organizations.

The visiting physicians cited that it will be an economy to establish a hospital of around 30 beds, as this would care for a maximum number of patients and make fullest utilization of basic equipment, the cost of which would be the same for a small bed hospital as for the institution with a capacity for greater accommodation.

It was also cited that a community with a fully equipped, adequate hospital will be more attractive to ambitious, skilled physicians that should the community be satisfied to establish mere emergency health facilities within the county.

50 YEARS AGO

June 3, 1971

Progress may be seen each week on the Community Church in Antelope, now that volunteer crews have been organized and the community joins hands in furthering the project. Since this picture which shows them beginning to paint the side of the building was taken, OMSI crews from Camp Hancock have furnished pegs so that the scaffolding may be raised so that painting may continue on the upper part of the church. Services this past Sunday were conducted in the school building as the church windows had been removed for necessary refinishing. The Rev. Jim Neely from Madras, had the service Sunday, and Mrs. Neely played the piano for congregational singing.

25 YEARS AGO

June 5, 1996

Dan Ahern has been appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to become the new circuit court judge.

Ahern, 37, received news of the appointment Wednesday, May 29.

The present chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, Ahern will begin his duties as judge July 1. The 22nd Circuit Court District covers Jefferson and Crook counties.

The governor also interviewed two Crook County residents for the position during this spring's appointment process: Crook County District Attorney Gary Williams and attorney Steve Chappell, a Prineville resident who practices in Bend.


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